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12 May 2019
Important game in the race for the playoffs, Deportivo need to clear the ghost at the Riazor facing a Cádiz that’s shinning with winter signing Darwin Machís.

Referee: César Soto Grado
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo were considered as a serious home team in the first stretch of the season, but that impression is gone and currently the Galicians have spent seven home games without winning (the worst ongoing mark in the league tied with Málaga CF). Another stat that shows the current weakness at the Riazor is the comparison between the home and the away performance. So far, all the teams at Segunda have added more points at home than on the road, but Depor is the team with the slightest difference between both scenarios (31points at home Vs. 29 on the road).

And Cádiz CF represents a serious menace for a weak Riazor. The Andalusians are the sixth best team in 2019 with 29 points added in 18 games. They are also the fifth best visitant team on the season, they already lost 7 times on this condition, but also won  7 times and their 25 points away from the Carranza are only below Málaga CF (31), Granada CF (30), Deportivo (29) and Albacete Balompié (28).

A positive stat for Deportivo is that Cádiz CF have never won at the Riazor playing for a league competition. After 12 visits to A Coruña the Andalusians have only added three draws. Their last game at the Riazor was a 1-0 loss for the Primera campaign 2005/06.

Depor need to react at home in this decisive stage of the season, the last two away victories put the team back into the fight, but now it needs to solidify the position among the first six places and it need to get results playing at home against two direct rivals (Cádiz CF and RCD Mallorca).

The good news is that coach José Luis Martí seems to have find a scheme and a starting eleven, he will present the same 4-4-2 lineup that defeated Real Zaragoza after both Cartabia and Borja Valle surpassed the knocks that didn’t allow to train properly at the start of the week.

Team news: Martí released a 20-man roster for the game. David Simón and Krohn-Dehli are the players at the injury room. Michele Somma returns from a suspension, while the players out for tactical reasons are Didier Moreno, Sebastian Dubarbier and Vitor Silva.

Man to watch: Striker Carlos Fernández. After countless muscle problems, the Andalusian attacker has been finally able to chain two straight appearances as a starter, now Depor need his abilities as the team makes different things when he is on the pitch.

Picked players: (20) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Michelle Somma, Pablo Mari, Iñigo López, Diego Caballo, Saúl García (defenders); Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Pedro Sánchez, Fede Cartabia (midfielders); Nahuel Leiva, Quique González, Carlos Fernández, Christian Santos & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Cartabia, Álex Bergantiños, Edu Expósito, Borja Valle – Quique González, Carlos Fernández.
Cádiz CF have made a solid season, but they are now facing problems in the last stretch due the good performance of their players. Darwin Machís arrived during the winter window and has scored 8 goals, same mark than Manu Vallejo, both ae the top-scorers at the team and both men might lose the last two games plus the playoffs.

Because Machís is Venezuelan and will be picked for the Copa América to be played during the summer, while Vallejo is in the pre-list for the UEFA U21 Championship. The duo should join their national teams at the end of May, so they would lose the last two games of the regular reason plus the playoffs.

And there are more problems in defence, the injuries hitting the central positions forced the Andalusian club to search for an emergency solution, and they decided to sign Jarque Fali, who landed this week from almost relegated club Nástic Tarragona.

Team news: Centre-back Jarque Fali was signed on Friday, but wasn’t included in the roster for the game. Marcos Mauro and David Carmona are out injured, and the big surprise was to see striker Mario Barco out of the roster. He was a starter against Málaga CF an it means that Machís and Manu Vallejo are going to start against Depor.

Man to watch: Winger Darwin Machís. Definitely the best winter signing at Segunda, the Venezuelan (who was offered to Depor but rejected for a mandatory buyout option of €8 million) has scored 8 goals in only 12 appearances with the team and those goals meant to add 13 points. A tide-changer for Cádiz in the second part of the season.

Picked players: (19) Alberto Cifuentes, David Gil (goalkeepers); Rober Correa, Sergio Sánchez, Ivan Kecojević, José Joaquín Matos (defenders), Jon Garrido, Edu Ramos, José Mari, Álex Fernández, Jairo Izquierdo, Salvi Sánchez, David Querol, Ager Aketxe (midfielders); Darwin Machís, Manu Vallejo, Djordje Jovanović, Dejan Lekić & Vincenzo Rennella.

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Cifuentes - Correa, Sergio Sánchez, Kecojević, Matos - Garrido, José Mari, Aketxe, Jairo - Machís, Manu Vallejo.



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